The St. Augustine Orchestra will open its 51st consecutive concert season on Oct. 26 presenting music for “An All-American Celebration”. Celebrated Jacksonville pianist Joseph Williams will be spotlighted in a performance of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with the orchestra under the baton of William McNeiland. Mr. Williams is also a composer, arranger, organist, and music director at the St. Barnabas Anglican Church in Jacksonville.
Mr. Williams studied piano at Jacksonville University and at the New England Conservatory in Boston where he received his Masters Degree in Music. While in Boston he performed on National Public Radio, CNN, and at Harvard University, and has since soloed with many orchestras playing works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Aram Khachaturian, and George Gershwin.
Other music included on the program will be Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2, Aaron Copland’s “Variations on a Shaker Hymn”, and works by Richard Rodgers, Leonard Bernstein, and John Williams.
The orchestra offers two performances of this concert; the first is at 8 pm on Friday Oct. 26 at the Lightner Museum at 25 Granada St. in St. Augustine. Admission is $15. Refreshments and souvenirs will be available at modest cost at the Friday concert. The encore performance is at 3 pm on Sunday Oct. 28 at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Dr. in Ponte Vedra. Admission for the Sunday concert is $10. Children 12 years old and younger are admitted free.